Forum software

I’m going to be developing a site that will allow various groups to sign
up, and each one to have it’s own forum section of the site, completely
independent of any other forum. There will also be other various
group-specific items (event calendar and such).

In regards to that, I have two question:

  1. Should I try to roll my own solution, given that I’m going to have to
    have multiple forums in one site?
    a) If so, should I actually try to roll this out via one table in a
    DB, dynamically created tables, should I try to do a subsite (ie
    group1.mysite.com, group2.mysite.com) and have each one of those sites
    have its own rails app?

  2. If I don’t need to roll my own, can someone point me at software that
    either can already do this, or that I should use as a starting point
    (basic forum software) and modify it to be able to have multiple forums?

Thanks for any help you can give.


Luke I. [email protected]

  1. If I don’t need to roll my own, can someone point me at software that either can already do this, or that I should use as a starting point (basic forum software) and modify it to be able to have multiple forums?

http://beast.caboo.se/
http://svn.techno-weenie.net/projects/beast/trunk/


Rick O.
http://weblog.techno-weenie.net
http://mephistoblog.com

Luke I. wrote:

  1. If I don’t need to roll my own, can someone point me at software that
    either can already do this, or that I should use as a starting point
    (basic forum software) and modify it to be able to have multiple forums?

RForum (http://rforum.andreas-s.net) supports “sites”, forum sections
that can have their own layout and are independent except for the user
database. For example, http://en.mikrocontroller.net/,
http://inkscape-forum.andreas-s.net/ and http://www.ruby-forum.com/ are
using only one DB and one installation.

On Mon, 19 Feb 2007 17:57:11 +0100
Andreas S. [email protected] wrote:

RForum (http://rforum.andreas-s.net) supports “sites”, forum sections
that can have their own layout and are independent except for the user
database. For example, http://en.mikrocontroller.net/,
http://inkscape-forum.andreas-s.net/ and http://www.ruby-forum.com/ are
using only one DB and one installation.

Both this and Beast look interesting… starting out, I will use one of
these (probably RForum because I’ve used it a lot via ruby-forum.com),
but I’ll probably eventually end up patching one of them (locally) to
allow for “sub-forums”, so you can have something like:

Group1’s Forum
list of forums
Group2’s Forum

etc. You may even be able to do that already, I don’t know… I’ll have
to look in to it. I’m guessing, if you can’t, it’s as easy as adding
another field to the table, referencing the group, so that when giving a
list of forums, you can do conditions => [ “group=?”, user[:group] ].

Which will get far more confusing if a user can have more than one
group.

Luke I. wrote:

On Mon, 19 Feb 2007 17:57:11 +0100
Andreas S. [email protected] wrote:

RForum (http://rforum.andreas-s.net) supports “sites”, forum sections
that can have their own layout and are independent except for the user
database. For example, http://en.mikrocontroller.net/,
http://inkscape-forum.andreas-s.net/ and http://www.ruby-forum.com/ are
using only one DB and one installation.

Both this and Beast look interesting… starting out, I will use one of
these (probably RForum because I’ve used it a lot via ruby-forum.com),
but I’ll probably eventually end up patching one of them (locally) to
allow for “sub-forums”, so you can have something like:

Group1’s Forum
list of forums
Group2’s Forum

etc. You may even be able to do that already, I don’t know… I’ll have
to look in to it. I’m guessing, if you can’t, it’s as easy as adding
another field to the table, referencing the group, so that when giving a
list of forums, you can do conditions => [ “group=?”, user[:group] ].

Which will get far more confusing if a user can have more than one
group.

Luke,

Any update on your search for forum software in Ruby/Rails? I am
looking for same.

…Brownell www.chalstrom.com

There’s also a newcomer, El Dorado:

http://almosteffortless.com/eldorado/

It seems to be the most “traditional” type forum since it is based on
PunBB.

Here’s a plugin I came across the other day.

http://www.railslodge.com/plugins/100-f-forum

Luke,

Any update on your search for forum software in Ruby/Rails? I am
looking for same.

…Brownell www.chalstrom.com

Carl J. wrote:

There’s also a newcomer, El Dorado:

http://almosteffortless.com/eldorado/

It seems to be the most “traditional” type forum since it is based on
PunBB.

By the way - if anyone is interested in contributing to El Dorado,
please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. You can get an idea of
where I want to take the app by perusing my development log here:

http://trevorturk.backpackit.com/pub/972338

To Luke’s original question - it sounds like basing your app on Beast
might make a lot of sense. I started with my own base, but I referred to
Beast (and PunBB, a PHP forum app) quite a bit while developing El
Dorado.

  • Trevor

HI,
I’m a newbie to ruby.

I’m about to designa forum as a part of my application…
If u have any success stories please share with me and help me…

With Regards,
Ratnavel

HI,
I’m a newbie to ruby.

I’m about to designa forum as a part of my application…
If u have any success stories please share with me and help me…

With Regards,
Ratnavel

HI,
I’m a newbie to ruby.

I’m about to designa forum as a part of my application…
If u have any success stories please share with me and help me…

With Regards,
Ratnavel

HI,
I’m a newbie to ruby.
I’m about to designa forum as a part of my application…
If u have any success stories please share with me and help me…

With Regards,
Ratnavel

HI,
I’m a newbie to ruby.

I’m about to designa forum as a part of my application…
If u have any success stories please share with me and help me…

With Regards,
Ratnavel

HI,
I’m a newbie to ruby.

I’m about to designa forum as a part of my application…
If u have any success stories please share with me and help me…

With Regards,
Ratnavel

HI,
I’m a newbie to ruby.

I’m about to designa forum as a part of my application…
If u have any success stories please share with me and help me…

With Regards,
Ratnavel

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